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Chinese Mythology & Thirty-Six Stratagems

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Zhang Ciyun

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Title: Chinese Mythology & Thirty-Six Stratagems

Author: Zhang Ciyun

ISBN: 9787532780907

Press: Shanghai Translation Publishing House

Abstract:

Fictional or semi-fictional stories and practical concepts are like yin and yang, the two fundamental principles of ancient Chinese philosophy. In this book, we present just such yin and yang, namely, “Chinese Mythology” and the "Thirty-Six Stratagems."
The mythology here describes ancient beliefs in origins, ancestors, history and deities. On the other hand, the "Thirty-Six Stratagems" were originally a collection of strategies or practical ruses for warfare. But today, many Chinese people apply them to politics, business, sports as well as their daily life.

About the Author:

Born in Shanghai in 1949, ZHANG Ciyun (Peter) is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Shanghai Daily, a leading regional English-language daily newspaper on the Chinese mainland. He is also a prolific translator and writer.
Mr. Zhang graduated from Jilin Normal University in China, majoring in English language, and later from Stanford University in the United States with a master’s degree in journalism. 
Starting from 1980, he had worked in several news agencies in China and helped bring into existence four English-language newspapers, including China Daily and Shanghai Daily. 

Catalogue:

Chinese Mythology

盘古开天地
Pangu creates the world
女娲造人 
Nuwa makes man
女娲补天
Nuwa mends the sky
伏羲的故事
The works of Fuxi
神农的故事
Hail the ‘Divine Farmer’
精卫填海 
Jingwei tests the sea
燧人钻木取火 
Saved by Fire Fetcher Suiren
夸父追日 
Kuafu chases the sun
嫘祖的故事 
Tale as smooth as silk
仓颉造字
Birth of a language
后羿射日
Sun-birds bake Earth
嫦娥奔月
Restless Chang’e flees
鲧盗息壤
Gun steals Magic Soil
大禹治水 
Yu harnesses flooding
瑶姬的故事
Goddess Peak of Wushan Mountain
牛郎织女
The cowherd and the girl weaver
愚公移山
Moving mountains
钟馗的故事
The Demon Queller
十二生肖
Zodiac animals

Thirty-Six Stratagems

瞒天过海 
Deceiving the heavens to cross the sea
围魏救赵
Besieging Wei to save Zhao
借刀杀人 
Killing with a borrowed knife
以逸待劳
Waiting at ease for a worn-out enemy
趁火打劫
Looting a house when it’s on fire
声东击西 
Distracting your enemy with s feint
无中生有
Creating something out of nothing
暗度陈仓 
A ruse to divert your enemies
隔岸观火 
Sit on your hands and watch others fight
笑里藏刀 
Hiding a dagger behind a smile
李代桃僵 
Sacrificing the less valuable
顺手牵羊
Pilfering a goat in passing
打草惊蛇 
Startling the snake, or not
借尸还魂
The ploy of incarnation
调虎离山
Luring the tiger out of the mountain
欲擒故纵
Letting up on your pursuit
抛砖引玉 
Throw out a brick to attract a piece of jade
擒贼擒王
Capture your enemy's leader first
釜底抽薪
Remove the burning firewood
浑水摸鱼
Fishing in turbid waters
金蝉脱壳
Ruse of the golden cicada
关门捉贼
Shut the door to catch the thief
远交近攻
Make allies before attacking a neighbor 
借道伐虢
Defeating one enemy at a time
偷梁换柱 
Swapping good wood for bad
指桑骂槐
The tactic of not directly naming names
假痴不癫 
Feign inaction before an all-out offensive
上屋抽梯 
Cutting off escape routes
树上开花
Defending with ‘blossoms’
反客为主 
Guest outstaying welcome
美人计
Beaten by womanly wiles
空城计
An empty fortress strategy
反间计
Sowing distrust in enemy camp
苦肉计 
Hurting oneself in order to hurt the enemy
连环计
Multi-ploy scheme at play
走为上计
When everything fails, retreat

 

 


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